In a time where we are bombarded with content and media, and constantly exposed to images and curated feeds, we are also often sitting in the comparison cycle, where instead of seeing ourselves as enough, we see ourselves against other media and images and think we aren’t good enough. We offer negative talk instead of positive comments, self-sabotage our efforts to make progress and sometimes verge on the edge of self-hate instead of self-love.
This Valentine’s Day, no more! Commit to Self-love. You can still offer your normal love chocolates to your partner, or best friend, but treat yourself the same as you would your best friend: show yourself some love.
We may be biased, but we think one of the best ways to spend some time loving yourself and looking after yourself is with tea. A universal drink, tea has been part of rituals and routines for hundreds of years. Many cultures integrate tea into rituals that are all about love, such as a marriage or birth, but you can integrate tea into your everyday life, just to show yourself some love:
- Start your day with a cup of tea to help wake you up and energize your morning
- Opt for tea mid-afternoon for an energy hit instead of coffee
- Enjoy tea with friends or family, trying some specialty versions at a tea house, instead of heading for happy hour drinks.
- Before bed, tuck into a calming sleepy time tea to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Now that you have tea regularly, you may be happy to hear that it offers more than just a comforting ritual and a hot cup to hold in your hand.
Researchers have found many health benefits offered from consuming tea. Tea leaves contain the amino acid L-theanine, which in addition to offering a slow energy boost, also stimulates the release of feel-good neurotransmitters. These naturally occurring hormones in the brain, including GABA and serotonin, help improve mood and make us feel good!
The L-theanine however is not only beneficial in terms of helping with hormone release: it has also been shown to help in stress. In one study, conducted in 2016, participants consuming an L-theanine containing beverage were shown to have lower cortisol levels and reported feeling more relaxed in stressful tasks than the placebo group. Cultivating self-love also requires one to learn about one’s causes and triggers for feeling stressed and find suitable ways to eliminate these. Tea may be a great stress-taming solution!
In addition to modulating stress, an important component of being able to feel good however comes from being able to have a restful night’s sleep. During sleep, our body rejuvenates our brain and cells and does some internal housekeeping for all our bodily systems, including our digestive, and immune. Tea can be a great way to encourage this sleep, with options such as chamomile helping to prepare the brain for a restful night!
The feel good hormones tea releases are just one of the benefits. When you drink health-teas that are made with natural, intentionally chosen ingredients, you can also benefit from the science backed health advantages these ingredients offer.
The teas that are included in the Health Tea Box, for example, offer many benefits which can improve your overall state of health and help you feel better inside and out:
- Matcha – Rich in antioxidants and a natural source of energy, this is one of the main ingredients in our energy-boosting morning tea.
- Fennel and Liquorice – Both of these, slightly sweet plants, offer digestive support and help relieve gut distress. With the increasing research supporting the gut-brain connection, having a healthy functioning gut is critical in helping you achieve a healthy mindset.
- Multiflorum – If aging and memory loss are at the root of your worries when it comes to fostering self-love, this ingredient is the answer. Found in our cognitive blend, not only does it improve learning and memory, but also helps reduce cholesterol and offers cardio-vascular support
- Cinnamon – Ah, the sweet smell of cinnamon! For many of us it conjures up visions of sweet treats and gives that little feel-good dopamine hit in the brain. In your tea, it can do the same thing, but also offers blood sugar stabilization, carminative and circulation benefits.
- Pomegranate – You can’t feel your best and show up for self-love when you’re sick. Fruits, such as pomegranate, rich in antioxidants, are great for enhancing the immune system and helping it be able to fend off any unwanted visitors in the body.
This February, treat yourself to your favourite tea, and take a few minutes to remind yourself that you too deserve some extra love.